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Vegetation fires keep agencies busy

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 — Several vegetation fires within Susanville kept agencies busy Monday, Aug. 17. The cause and origins of all the fires remain under investigation.
    The first was a small roadside spot fire on the Sierra Pacific Industries walking path on  Riverside Drive, which started at approximately 1:45 p.m., according to office of emergency services chief Eric Ewing.

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Local cheerleaders will perform in London

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 — Two Lassen High School cheerleaders earned themselves a trip to London Varsity Cheer Tour at the end of this year.
    Heather Brooks, a senior, and Kassie Sandborg, a sophomore, will be joining 600 girls from all across the United States as All Americans.
    They leave Dec. 26 and will return Jan. 2.
    “We’re both just really excited to go and it’s going to be fun,” Brooks said.

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Supervisors approve use of historic courtroom

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 — To help prepare for a legal case, attorney Eugene Chittock requested the use of the historic courtroom on South Lassen Street.
    The Lassen County Board of Supervisors approved a use fee in the amount of $63 per day, a cost based on an analysis using figures from the 2014-2015 Countywide Cost Allocation Plan.
    According to County Administrative Officer Richard  Egan, Chittock is representing a client he expects to take to trial and he would like to have a mock trail and do it in a courtroom setting.

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Drought calls for better bear awareness

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — Smokey Bear and Winnie the Pooh may seem friendly enough, but not all bears are, and Forest Service officials advise both locals and visitors to be bear aware — especially in the midst of California’s ongoing drought.
    Due to the dry conditions across the Plumas National Forest, the Beckwourth Ranger District reports an increase in bear activity in the eastern part of the district.
    Moreover, it’s not just on campsites, like many people tend to believe. Wherever there are people, there is food, according to Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Lee Anne Schramel.  

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Fire fee lawsuit gains status

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — On Aug. 7, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a ruling granting class status to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s lawsuit against the California Fire Prevention Fee.
    This decision is welcome news to taxpayers.
    If the court hadn’t granted class status, taxpayers might have been required to take legal action individually — an unfair, expensive and burdensome prospect.
    When might the court strike down this illegal tax and force the state to issue refunds?
    No one knows for certain, but here’s what’s likely to happen next:

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